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Spouse Murder Defendants in Large Urban Counties

NCJ Number
153256
Date Published
October 1995
Author(s)
Patrick A. Langan, Ph.D., Bureau of Justice Statistics; John M. Dawson, Bureau of Justice Statistics
Publication Type
Publication
Annotation
Discusses how state prosecutors, judges, and juries handled two types of murder cases (husbands killing wives and wives killing husbands) and gives specific case histories, describing each case and its outcome.
Abstract

Approximately 1 in 3 spouse murder cases disposed in 1988 in the nation's 75 largest urban counties were sampled. More than half of the nation's murders occurred in these 75 largest counties. Of the spouse murders sampled, 59% were husbands killing wives, and 41% were wives killing husbands. This report discusses how state prosecutors, judges, and juries handled these two types of murder cases and gives specific case histories, describing each case and its outcome in court.

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